Thursday, January 20, 2022

US completes troops withdrawal in Afghanistan

The US has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan. After 20 years of fighting, the country is now under Taliban rule US forces were able to evacuate about 123,000 civilians including 6,000 American citizens, since 14 August. Thousands more have been evacuated by US allies. But many Afghans who worked for these countries weren’t able to get out.

General Frank McKenzie who oversaw the US mission called it the largest “non-combatant” evacuation mission in the US military’s history. As the last American planes departed, celebratory gunfire rang out at Kabul airport and there were reports of other Taliban celebrations in the streets.

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With the Americans gone, this is now a new, uncertain period for women, children, and human rights supporters under Taliban rule There is widespread anxiety about what the Taliban government will look like, and how it will operate with a hamstrung economy. America’s last day also saw violence. The US said it intercepted several rockets that were fired at the airport. Islamic State-Khorosam has claimed responsibility for the attack .

An Afghan family of 10, including six children, was reportedly killed in an errant US military strike on Sunday. The US says it is investigating. All American representation has left Kabul. The US will now set up a diplomatic office for Afghanistan in Doha, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

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